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Biography Narrative

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Students work on biography project 2

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School: Ithaca High School

Project Title: Biography Narrative

Class(s): English 12 Digital Media Production

Grade(s): 12th

Subject(s): English and Technology Combined.

Project: In order to learn narrative writing, to familiarize themselves with still photo, audio, and video production, and to learn more about each other, students in the English 12 Digital Media Production course begin the year by writing probing interview questions, conducting peer interviews, recording audio, collecting still photographs, and using Adobe InDesign Pro to edit their final biography narrative films. Screenings of finished products build community and skills: students learn about their classmates and analyze the effects of their own and each other’s artistic choices in a digital medium.

Standards addressed: English Language Arts

  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest